The real power of Fortune Most Powerful Women is the community's reach and influence around the world.
And there's no better testament to this than the Mentor Walks that took place this month in 18 countries, from China to Egypt to Poland to Haiti. These walks, pairing successful career women with younger women and girls, were organized and hosted by alumnae of the Fortune - U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. This is a program that brings emerging women leaders from developing countries to the U.S. each May to shadow top women execs at companies including IBM (IBM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Xerox (XRX).
With the help of Vital Voices, Fortune has hosted some 200 rising stars from across the globe since we launched the Mentoring Partnership at our MPW Summit in 2006. The big idea is that these women go home and pay it forward. At her Mentor Walk in Uganda, entrepreneur Rehmah Kasule gathered more than 1,500 women and girls. Argentina's walk, hosted in Buenos Aires by six alums of the Fortune - State Department Mentoring program, included one of our mentors: Deborah McWhinney, COO of Citi (C) Enterprise Payments. Many MPW mentors pay it forward too.
In this video, three other MPW mentors—Dina Powell of Goldman Sachs (GS), Solera Capital CEO Molly Ashby, and entrepreneur Tory Burch—and another woman who has been a huge supporter of the Fortune - State Department Mentoring program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, talk about the value of mentoring women around the world:
By the way, on Tuesday in Silicon Valley, I'll be interviewing another veteran MPW mentor: Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer. The interview, on stage at Fortune's MPW dinner in Palo Alto, will be Mayer's first time talking to the press since she left Google (GOOG) for the top job at Yahoo last July. Come on back to Postcards and watch the interview with Mayer here on Wednesday.
Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff, discusses her winding career path from Saudi Arabia to Washington D.C. at Fortune's Most Powerful Women dinner. By Colleen LeaheyColleen Leahey, Reporter - May 24, 2012 12:25 PM ET
By Patricia Sellers
Yesterday, Fortune wrapped up its Most Powerful Women Summit -- the three-day event that I'm lucky enough to chair -- with Senator Olympia Snowe in the early morning and Hillary Clinton and Avon CEO Andrea Jung just before noon. Warren Buffett (BRKA), our honorary Most Powerful Guy participant, was sitting next to me watching the show from the front row. Yesterday I shared with you some choice lines MOREScott Olster, editor - Oct 7, 2010 2:39 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
I've been less than prolific on Postcards lately. Pardon the layoff--it's temporary. And it's just because I've been running around working on what is going to be, I think, Fortune's best Most Powerful Women issue yet.
The issue, our 13th since we began the act in the magazine in 1998, will hit newsstands on Monday, October 4. That's also the day we begin the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 17, 2010 6:01 AM ET
"Lots of concerns were raised--and objections. But I said this is something I want to do. And we're going."
-- Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, on her decision to visit the eastern-Congo city of Goma on Tuesday. Goma was at risk of rebel takeover last year, and during her visit Clinton will meet with several women who are victims of rape--a devastating consequence of the conflict. Goma's geography is also MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 10, 2009 6:34 PM ET
Hillary Clinton, who has been under the radar lately, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations in D.C. this afternoon. I listened in by phone.
She talked tough about Iran. She announced a fall trip to Pakistan. She highlighted "smart power," defining it as "the intelligent use of all means at our disposal, including our ability to convene and connect." And she spoke passionately about women: "Until women around the world MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 15, 2009 3:44 PM ET
Sarah Palin changed the game for women and power, and it'll never be the same again. So say a few well-known women -- Arianna Huffington, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, White House Project president Marie Wilson, and More magazine editor in chief Lesley Jane Seymour -- who met in New York this morning for "The Spin Room: Gender, Politics and Media in the 2008 Election." The lively panel was MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 13, 2008 1:44 PM ET
If Barack Obama wins the Presidency--which is ever more likely since he's leading in virtually all the polls--some credit must go to his campaign's embrace of new-fangled communication methods. Specifically, social networking. During a panel called "One Month to Go: The Road to the White House" at Fortune's recent Most Powerful Women Summit, Penny Pritzker, Obama's finance chair, talked about how his campaign had a scant 20,000 names early on, MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 17, 2008 1:02 PM ET
The Most Powerful Women franchise, just a decade old, is already Fortune's second biggest after the Fortune 500. Amazing, isn't it? This fact attests to the power of women in a year when so many powerful women - including Hillary Clinton and Morgan Stanley's (MS) Zoe Cruz and Lehman Brothers' (LEH) Erin Callan - got so close to the top and then fell. Even so, the power of women in business MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 25, 2008 2:16 PM ET
The political pundits are buzzing today about Hillary Clinton's new look: She changed her hair part from left to right. What might this mean? If you go by the CEO hair-part theory I wrote about in Fortune three months ago, her new right part could signal that she is ceding her claim to leadership and is moving into a role supporting Barack Obama.Jessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 17, 2008 11:11 AM ET
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